Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

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Threats to Clean Water in Lake Champlain

CLF is working to address the threats to Lake Champlain and waterways across New England, including: Excessive Nutrients Excessive nutrients, namely phosphorus and nitrogen, have impaired Lake Champlain. Washing off farm fields, roads, parking lots, and eroded stream banks, these nutrients enter the lake and overfeed algal populations, resulting in toxic blue-green algae blooms. Blooms…

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Lake Champlain Legal History

Background Based on the Vermont Water Quality Standards, Lake Champlain is a Class B water and has the designated uses of drinking water, irrigation, swimming, boating, fishing, and wildlife habitat. However, excessive phosphorus has impaired the lake and limited its use. Under the federal Clean Water Act, Vermont is required to submit a pollution budget –…

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CLF Takes Another Major Step Towards a Cleaner Lake Champlain
by Rebekah Weber

Today marks the end of a two-year process CLF initiated to address farm runoff to Lake Champlain. Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, has signed the revised decision that lays out the framework for farmers to implement Best Management Practices to help meet our clean water goals. The new program negotiated by the Agency of…

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Vermont

Vermont doesn’t have a lock on stunning natural settings, but, really, does it get any better than what we have every day? From rugged Camel’s Hump to iconic Lake Champlain, our rural villages to our compact cities, Vermont is our home and it’s the place CLF has pledged to protect with all the passion and expertise that we have.

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Clean Air & Water

Here in New England, water is a way of life. Our rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean boost our economy, inspire our play, and enrich our heritage.

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New Study Links Toxin in Blue-Green Algae to Neurological Disease
by Chris Kilian

The serious health consequences of cyanobacteria – more commonly known as blue-green algae – have been recognized by health professionals for years. A study released Wednesday by the Royal Society of London is now linking exposure to blue-green algae outbreaks with deadly neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. This breakthrough animal…

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The Status Quo Won’t Work for Vermont’s Waters
by Rebekah Weber

This past summer, there was significant attention paid to the gallons of sewage released into Vermont waterways from wastewater treatment facilities. To keep track of these overflow events, the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department) has created a Waste Water Inventory that charts how much sewage is discharged from which facility on what day.…